Judge Defers Ruling On Motion To Vacate Dayton Jones Conviction

Circuit Judge John Atkins will defer ruling on a motion filed by Dayton Jones until after the special prosecutor has time to respond. Jones filed the motion in late June that asks Judge Atkins to vacate his conviction in the October 2014 sexual assault of a 15-year-old Juvenile because of alleged wrongdoing by a detective and a transcriber employed by state police.

During a hearing Wednesday morning in Christian Circuit Court, Judge Atkins said Special Prosecutor John Heck will be allowed to respond before a ruling is handed down.

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In the motion, Jones accuses Kentucky State Police Detective Jeffrey Steward of lying and falsifying his report. And Jones filed a criminal complaint against Brenna Knight, who transcribed all the videotaped interviews, claiming that she did not include all the information that was contained in interviews with Christian County Sheriff’s detectives in the case. Judge Atkins says he takes the allegations seriously.

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Judge Atkins noted everything will be handled in an open and fair manner.

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Atkins set the next status conference for Wednesday, September 12, 2018, at 11:30 AM. He adds he could rule on the motion prior to the next hearing.

Jones entered a guilty plea in December 2016 to Sodomy-first degree, Wanton Endangerment first degree and Distribution of Matter Portraying a Sexual Performance by a Minor. Judge John Atkins sentenced Jones to 15 years in Prison. Jones is currently serving his sentence at the Luther Luckett Correctional Complex in LaGrange, Kentucky.

He was one of four who entered guilty pleas in the case.

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